76ers vs Knicks 1/18/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia -6.5
Al Horford and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-16, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) head to Madison Square Garden on Saturday where they'll meet the New York Knicks (11-31, 5th in the Atlantic Division). Philadelphia opens this contest as 6.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 222.
The 76ers cover 44.7% of the time, having gone 17-21-4 ATS. New York is covering 47.6% of the time, going 20-22-0 against the spread.
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
01/09/20 PF Joel Embiid Finger is out indefinitely
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/16/20 SF RJ Barrett Ankle left last game, is questionable Saturday vs Philadelphia
01/16/20 SG Reggie Bullock Back is questionable Saturday vs Philadelphia
01/16/20 PG Dennis Smith Jr. Oblique is questionable Saturday vs Philadelphia
Al Horford comes into this contest averaging 12.5 points per game while playing 30.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 69%. Tobias Harris averages 19.6 points per game in 34.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.0 assists per contest and 6.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
RJ Barrett averages 14.1 points per game while playing 31.2 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.2 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 60%. Julius Randle averages 19.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.1 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia averages 109.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 46.2 rebounds per game and 26.2 assists per game, which ranks them 8th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 14.7 per game. The 76ers allow 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 14th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.2 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 21.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 28th in the league with 104.6 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -8.7. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 11th in the league in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game, and 29th in assists per contest with 21.2. The Knicks are 21st in turnovers per game with 14.0. The Knicks surrender 113.4 points per contest, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 20th with 24.5 assists allowed per contest and 22nd with 46.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knicks are 11th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per game.
The 76ers are 18th in the league in defensive rating with 106.2, and their offensive rating of 109.6 is ranked 6th. They are 19th in the NBA in pace with 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Philadelphia is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 21st in the NBA.
New York is 21st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 4th in the league. The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105, and their defensive rating of 113.8 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 99.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 28th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's 76ers/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia -6.5
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